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Getting The Most From Homeownership

FREE Rental Counseling


Our HUD-Certified Housing Counselors can help with identifying available resources to determine rent affordability and sustainability. Counselors can help you understand monthly budgeting, good rental practices and learn about your rights and responsibilities as a tenant. We are here to help you every step of the way, at no cost to you!

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FREE HECM Counseling


Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECM) loans are federally insured reverse mortgage products that help seniors (62+) access the equity in their homes without having to sell their homes.

If your lender has asked you to complete HECM Counseling as a condition of your loan, we provide this line of service offered by our HUD Certified HECM Counseling Team.

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FREE Mortgage Delinquency & Default Counseling


A HUD-Approved Certified Housing Counselor is a trained professional who can guide you on the choices that may be available to prevent foreclosure. Each mortgage servicer and investor may offer borrowers alternative solutions that have different eligibility requirements. Every situation and solution is unique!

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FREE Pre-Purchase Counseling Sessions


Home ownership transforms lives, increasing families’ and individuals’ access to financial stability and wealth. Our HUD Certified Counselors will provide homebuyers with a thorough assessment; understanding debt, credit, down payment programs with the goal of getting you mortgage ready from beginning to end.

What Documents Do I Need?

These are also the documents you need to apply for a loan. If you have trouble finding any of these documents, reach out to the source. For tax returns, reach out to whatever service helped you file, and for bankruptcy documents, try reaching out to the court where your case was heard.

  • Three most current and consecutive pay stubs
  • Three most current, consecutive, and complete bank statements
  • Three most current and consecutive tax returns; Federal & State with W-2 and/or 1099 forms
  • Current Profit and Loss if self-employed
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Homebuyer Education Course (HUD Approved!)


This HUD Approved 8-Hour Homebuyer Education Course is ideal for homebuyers who will be purchasing within one year or are currently in escrow.

Key information on budgeting, credit lending, real estate, insurance, and down payment programs is presented. A Homebuyer Certificate is provided upon completion and verification of the online intake being complete. The course is currently available virtually or online through eHome America.

2022 Virtual Courses:

Select Saturdays, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm. See below for schedule (subject to change):

  • January 22 & 29
  • February 12 & 19
  • March 19 & 26
  • April 23 & 30
  • May 14 & 21
  • June 4 & 11

$25 registration fee per person if registering at least 48 hours before the selected course date

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Online eHome America Course:

Take the course at your own pace through eHome America's comprehensive and interactive online platform. It is easily accessible through any device 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

*Important: If you are taking the course because your lender requires a certificate, please confirm that your lender accepts certificates from an online homebuyer education course. Not all lenders do.

  • $99 per person, nonrefundable
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Virtual Down Payment Assistance Presentation


This virtual presentation is geared for first time homebuyers who are thinking of purchasing a home to gain a better understanding of down payment assistance and programs. We encourage you share this information. This virtual presentation will be offered on the second Thursday of every month effective Thursday, January 14, 2021 through December 9, 2021at 5:45pm sharp.

The link will be sent to attendees one day prior to the scheduled virtual presentation. For questions, we can be reached at 714.408.9333. Registration is required.


Home Buying 101 - Beginner Course


Our 90 minute Home Buying 101 is an entry-level class designed to prepare homebuyers with the fundamentals of becoming mortgage ready. Home buying related topics will be presented along with information for down payment programs.

  • 5:30pm to 7:00pm
  • $10 registration fee, refunded only if you attend

Money Management Course


This online Money Management course is available through eHome America's comprehensive and interactive online platform.

eHome Money Management empowers you to:

  • Understand Savings and SpendingUnderstand CreditManage Personal Finances

We work with non-profit organizations and counselors to ensure you receive unbiased advice from professionals in your local community.

  • Course Fee: $50 per person, nonrefundable
  • The course fee is non-refundable.

NeighborWorks Orange County is a HUD-approved housing counseling and education agency.

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Why Education?

Take the First Step Toward Home Ownership

When you work with us, you can rest assured that we will arm you with the resources and knowledge to make informed, unbiased decisions. It’s the “NeighborWorks Orange County Way” to ensure you are prepared for the responsibilities of homeownership and are resistant to default and foreclosure.

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